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  • THIS EDITION WRITTEN AND RESEARCHED BY

    Beth Kohn, Sara Benson

    Yosemite, Sequoia & Kings Canyon

    NATIONAL PARKS Yosemite

    National Park p44

    Sequoia & Kings Canyon National Parks

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    Around Yosemite National Park

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    Around Sequoia & Kings Canyon National Parks

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  • Welcome to Yosemite, Sequoia & Kings Canyon. . 4

    Yosemite, Sequoia & Kings Canyon Map . . . . . . .6

    Yosemite, Sequoia & Kings Canyon Top 16 . . . . .8

    Need to Know . . . . . . . . . .16

    What’s New . . . . . . . . . . . .18

    If You Like… . . . . . . . . . . . .19

    Month by Month . . . . . . . 22

    Itineraries . . . . . . . . . . . . 24

    Activities . . . . . . . . . . . . . 28

    Travel with Children . . . . 36

    Travel with Pets . . . . . . . .41

    YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK. . . . . . . . . . . . . . 44 Day Hikes . . . . . . . . . . . . . 52 Yosemite Valley . . . . . . . . . . 52 Glacier Point & Badger Pass . . . . . . . . . . . . 56 Wawona . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 59 Big Oak Flat Road & Tioga Road . . . . . . . . . . . . . 60 Tuolumne Meadows . . . . . . 65 Hetch Hetchy . . . . . . . . . . . 70 Overnight Hikes . . . . . . . 72 Yosemite Valley . . . . . . . . . . 73 Glacier Point & Badger Pass . . . . . . . . . . . . 75 Big Oak Flat Road & Tioga Road . . . . . . . . . . . . . 76 Tuolumne Meadows . . . . . . 79 Hetch Hetchy . . . . . . . . . . . 85 Driving . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 86 Cycling . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 87 Other Activities . . . . . . . 90 Rock Climbing & Bouldering . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 90 Horseback Riding . . . . . . . . 91 Rafting & Kayaking . . . . . . 92 Swimming . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 92 Fishing . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 93 Hang Gliding . . . . . . . . . . . . 94 Boating . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 94 Golf . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 94 Campfire & Public Programs . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 94 Winter Activities . . . . . . . 95 Cross-Country Skiing . . . . 95 Downhill Skiing & Snowboarding . . . . . . . . . . . 96 Snowshoeing . . . . . . . . . . . . 97 Ice-Skating . . . . . . . . . . . . . 97 Snow Camping . . . . . . . . . . 97 Sledding & Tubing . . . . . . . 97

    Sights . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 97 Yosemite Valley . . . . . . . . . . 97 Glacier Point & Badger Pass . . . . . . . . . . . 105 Wawona . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 108 Big Oak Flat Road & Tioga Road . . . . . . . . . . . . 110 Tuolumne Meadows . . . . . 113 Hetch Hetchy . . . . . . . . . . 116 Sleeping . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 117 Eating & Drinking . . . . . 126

    AROUND YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK . . 134 West of Yosemite . . . . . 136 Highway 140 . . . . . . . . . . . 136 Highway 120 (West) . . . . . 138 South of Yosemite (Highway 41) . . . . . . . . . 140 Oakhurst . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 140 Fish Camp . . . . . . . . . . . . . 140 Eastern Sierra . . . . . . . . 142 Tioga Pass & Around . . . . 142 Bridgeport . . . . . . . . . . . . . 143 Bodie State Historic Park . . . . . . . . . . . 144 Virginia Lakes . . . . . . . . . . 144 Lundy Lake . . . . . . . . . . . . 145 Lee Vining . . . . . . . . . . . . . 145 Mono Lake . . . . . . . . . . . . . 146 June Lake Loop . . . . . . . . 147 Mammoth Lakes . . . . . . . . 148 Around Mammoth Lakes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 152 Bishop . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 153 Ancient Bristlecone Pine Forest . . . . . . . . . . . . 154 Independence . . . . . . . . . . 155 Manzanar National Historic Site . . . . . . . . . . . 155 Lone Pine . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 156 Mt Whitney . . . . . . . . . . . . 157

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  • Contents

    SEQUOIA & KINGS CANYON NATIONAL PARKS . . . . . . . . . . . 158 Day Hikes . . . . . . . . . . . . 162 Sequoia National Park . . 162 Kings Canyon National Park . . . . . . . . . . 166 Overnight Hikes . . . . . . 169 Sequoia National Park . . 169 Kings Canyon National Park . . . . . . . . . . 169 Driving . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 173 Other Activities . . . . . . .175 Caving . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 175 Swimming, Canoeing, Kayaking & Boating . . . . . 176

    Horseback Riding & Pack Trips . . . . . . . . . . . . . 176 Rock Climbing . . . . . . . . . . 176 Fishing . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 176 Snow Sports . . . . . . . . . . . 176 Sights . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 178 Sequoia National Park . . 178 Kings Canyon National Park . . . . . . . . . . 182 Sleeping . . . . . . . . . . . . . 185 Eating & Drinking . . . . . 192 AROUND SEQUOIA & KINGS CANYON NATIONAL PARKS . . 195 Visalia . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 196 Three Rivers . . . . . . . . . . . 197

    The Parks Today . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 200

    History . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 202

    Geology . . . . . . . . . . . . . 208

    Wildlife . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .213

    Conservation . . . . . . . . . 220

    Clothing & Equipment . . . . . . . . . . . 224

    Directory A–Z . . . . . . . . 228

    Transportation . . . . . . . 236

    Health & Safety . . . . . . .241

    Index . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 247

    Map Legend . . . . . . . . . . 255

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    SPECIAL FEATURES Activities . . . . . . . . . . . . . 28

    Travel with Children . . . . 36

    Travel with Pets . . . . . . . .41

    Wildlife . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 213

    Clothing & Equipment . . . . . . . . . . . 224

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    Kings Canyon National

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    Yosemite National

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    Yosemite Valley

    Devils Postpile National

    Monument

    Tuolumne Meadows

    Ancient Bristlecone Pine Forest

    Lone Pine

    Hot Springs

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    Mammoth Lakes

    Manzanar

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    Grand Tour – Sequoia to Alabama Hills

    Hikes, hot springs and spectacular geology show off the best of the Eastern Sierra and the national parks.

    Kick off the trip with three to four days in the Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks, touring the ancient trees, ethereal caves and show-stopping river canyon. Head- ing north, camp at Wawona and budget a day for the southern reaches of Yosemite National Park. Spend at least three days exploring the miraculous falls and granite monoliths of Yosemite Valley, then hike the trails of Yosemite’s high country while camped at Tuolumne Meadows.

    East of the park, take a full day to explore the surreal countryside around Saddlebag Lake, then journey over to Mono Lake. Detour north to the ghost-town ruins of Bodie State Historic Park, and then south for the mountain vistas buffering the June Lake Loop. From Mammoth Lakes, hike to the bizarre formation of the Devils Postpile National Monument before heading to hot springs at sunset. Next, wind up the road to the Ancient Bristlecone Pine Forest to breathe the thin air and marvel at the gnarled time-capsule trees. On your final day tour the solemn remains of Manzanar, and catch a film-worthy sunset at the Alabama Hills in Lone Pine.

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  • If you really, really only have one day to see Yosemite, this whirlwind tour ticks off all the must-sees.

    On your way in, stop at Tunnel View to drink in views of the entire Valley, with the iconic Half Dome front and center and Bridalveil Fall plunging in the distance. Drive over to see heavenly Bridalveil Fall up close; put on some flip-flops or galoshes and pack rain gear if it’s spring, because the spray turns the sidewalk into a flowing creek. Aim your camera at its misty rainbows and yell over the thundering water. Afterward, pull over just east along Southside Dr and try to spot the microscopic-sized climbers working their way up the s